In 2013, iOS 7 marked a fairly major design change (as far as Apple stuff goes), taking cues from various jailbreak tweaks (swipe up for toggles, multitasking with preview windows…) and baking them right in.
We’re told that the next version, almost certainly called iOS 8, will put the focus on health and fitness features, with the iWatch in particular likely taking full advantage with its various sensors and that.
That’s the word according to unnamed sources of 9to5mac, sources that have been “briefed on the plans”.
They add that the iWatch, Apple’s first foray into smartwatch territory, is “well into development”.
The health and fitness features, we’re told, will be encompassed within an app called Healthbook. Of course iOS already has Passbook for storing loyalty cards and tickets and stuff. It’s thought that the two icons will complement each other nicely.
Healthbook will supposedly monitor vital signs, including blood pressure, hydration levels, heart rate, and possibly glucose levels, in addition to recording stats such as steps taken, miles walked and calories burned.
Working closely with Apple’s existing Reminders application, Healthbook could also be used to remind people when to take medication.
The iWatch is still very much unofficial at this stage, but it’s almost certainly going to happen later this year, and health and fitness features are surely a given. File this one under ‘Yeah, probably’.